What are we to do when trouble appears to take over? How can we help others who are facing life challenges? There is no better resource for gaining help in trouble than the wisdom and perspective of the Scriptures. What sets apart counsel based on the wisdom of the Bible from counsel received from what I refer to as“the court of public opinion?” The Scriptures help us face the awful reality of man’s trouble head-on:
- Man’s trouble began in a Garden when we doubted our Creator’s Goodness and sinned by going our own way. Saying “yes” to sin, introduced trouble of a magnitude that continues to separate us from a Holy God. (Genesis 3)
- Even so, God made a way for us to be delivered out of trouble through the sacrificial work of Jesus. “ This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:10)
- The choice is ours as to who we will trust: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
The amazing thing about the Bible is how it covers a multiplicity of ways that trouble affects us as it also offers hope and direction. That is why I encourage my clients to read the Scriptures for themselves through Journey Notes Praise Journaling. It is great when they report how God spoke personally to them through the living Word.
It was in such a season, when trouble seemed to turn my world upside-down, that God spoke to me through Psalm 46. I still remember the first time I read it as the words broke through my fear:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. (verses 1-3)
I remember Hope filling my heart and mind with the vision of God’s dwelling place and the assurance that His Goodness will ultimately prevail:
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts. (verses 4-7)
Best of all, in my turmoil and fear I remember yielding to His Call to enter my resting place in Him:
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” (verse 10)
There is a wealth of treasure to be discovered in the Scriptures for those who seek God. To “be still and know” God is to enter an intimacy of trust with Him in our trouble. It is to follow the wisdom of Jesus (God’s answer to our trouble) in Matthew 6:33,34:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Whatever trouble you may be facing, give thanks that you are not alone and that your future is secure in Christ Jesus!
All to His Glory!